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OŚWIĘCIM / AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU
The Auschwitz Concentration Camp has become a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust around the world. It was established by the Nazis in a suburb of the town of Oświęcim in 1940. The total number of victims at Auschwitz in 1940-1945 is estimated at between 1.1 and 1.5 million people. The ruins of the gas chambers, the kilometres of barbed wire fencing and the railway ramp, where those condemned to be exterminated arrived, still stand on the site of the former camp and make a profound impression on all those who come here. During your trip you will visit both parts of the Museum in Oświęcim (KL Auschwitz I - 2h) and Brzezinka (KL Auschwitz II Birkenau - 1h).
WIELICZKA SALT MINE
The oldest salt mine in Poland. As you descend the 327 meters into the depths of the salt mine you get the impression that you are entering a magical underground city full of mysterious grottos and subterranean lakes. As you walk along the 3.5-kilometre route you will be able to admire original appliances and mining equipment as well as chapels forged out of salt, including the largest and most beautiful of them all – the Chapel of St. Kinga, the patron saint of salt miners. This subterranean church is richly adorned with candelabras, sculptures and figures of saints carved in salt
CZĘSTOCHOWA / BLACK MADONNA
The complex is one of the most important sites of the worship of Our Lady and has for centuries been the heart of pilgrimage in Poland. It is home to the Icon of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, as well as a collection of many other pieces of art, mostly sacral, presented as thanksgiving offerings by believers. Probably the relics of st. Adalbert was stored here.
SZCZAWNICA / DUNAJEC RIVER GORGE
This, undoubtedly one of the Poland's prime tourist attractions, gives you a chance to admire some of the most amazing scenery in the Polish highlands. The voyage down the winding Dunajec offers breathtaking views of mighty limestone cliffs plunging into the water as well as stunning native vegetation both protected by the second oldest international national park in the world. Also, while sailing down the river you can spot some rare bird specieaincluding the Black Stork. The voyage ends after 15 km in Szczawnica. The voyage lasts two to to three hours, depending on the water level of the river. It can be extended up to Krościenko.
WADOWICE / JOHN PAUL II
We will visit Wadowice – a city in Southern Poland, located near Skawa river, 50 km south from Cracow. On 18th May 1920, in a house at Kościelna street, Karol Wojtyła met the world and later became the Holy Father – John Paul II. You can see his house and town museum hosting an exhibition devoted to Polish pope’s life. On our way back we will stop in a Sanctuary in KalwariaZebrzydowska, one of the most often visited pilgrimage centres in Poland, present on the UNESCO list. This place is visited by more than a million of pilgrims every year. Then we travel to the Sanctuary of God’s Mercy in Cracow’s Łagiewniki (Sanktuarium Miłosierdzia Bożego). There, you will have a chance to pay tribute to the relics of St. FaustinaKowalska, who was canonized by John Paul II, and to admire an astonishing basilica blessed by the pope in 2002.
ZAKOPANE / TATRA MOUNTAINS
The town lays at the foot of the Tatra mountains on a plateau (the Zakopane valley). Several mountain streams run through the town to eventually join the White Dunajec river. Zakopane is the highest situated town in Poland. The borders of the town include part of the mountain range whose highest point is Świnica at 2301m (7549 ft). Aside from the National Park, the main part of the town lays at 750-1126m (2461-3694 ft). The central point of Zakopane is the crossing of the pedestrian main street, ‘Krupówki’ with Kościuszki street. To the north of the town is Gubałówka Hill and facing it towers the mighty Giewont mount to the south. Zakopane is a Winter sports town and the largest town in the Tatra mountain region. It is unofficially known as the ‘Winter Capital of Poland’. The administrative boundaries of the town also encompass a large part of the Tatra National Park. The number of tourists visiting the Tatras is estimated at 2 to 3 million people per annum.